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The schedule is released at 6pm tonight, and so far all we know is that the home start time is now 7:30pm instead of 7, which just pushes everything out by half an hour, and in my opinion is plain silly.  But, as long as it means more dinner specials being ordered at the ACC, that’s really what matters.

So as we wait for the schedule, here’s some thing we generally look out for and come 6pm, I’ll just fill in the blanks – let me know if I’ve missed any key events.

UPDATE: 6PM EST

NBA.com releases schedule, but ESPN’s is much better formatted (scroll down for full schedule too).  You can also download the schedule as a CSV file or, better yet, subscribe to it via iCal (which work with Google Calendar as well).

  • The Raptors play Miami, Indiana, Washington, and Milwaukee three times each next season.
  • Raps are on TNT versus Chicago on Nov 13, a Thursday
  • ESPN games are @ Charlotte April 8. Charlotte @ Toronto April 15
  • NBA TV Schedule: v DEN Dec 8, v SAS Feb 8, at NOP Feb 23, v HOU Mar 30, at MIA  April 11
  • Busiest months are November and January with 16 games each
  • 19 back-to-back games (last year we had 18) – 7 of the 19 are road back-to-backs.

Games by Day:

  • Sunday: 13 (7 home, 6 road)
  • Monday: 11 (6 home, 5 road)
  • Tuesday: 10 (2 home, 8 road)
  • Wednesday: 17 (11 home, 6 road)
  • Thursday: 2 (2 home, 0 road)
  • Friday: 19 (10 home, 9 road)
  • Saturday: 10 (3 home, 7 road)

The official dot com broke some info down too and here’s ESPN’s excellent NBA-wide breakdown.

What? When?
Season Opener Oct 29 at home vs Atlanta
First Road Game Nov 1 in Orlando
US National TV TNT: v Chicago on Nov 13, ESPN:  @ Charlotte on April 8, v Charlotte on April 15
Nets v Raptors Rematch in Toronto Dec 17
Nets v Raptors Rematch in Brooklyn Jan 30
Longest Roadtrip 1 6-game road swing between Dec 22-Jan 4: Chicago, Clippers, Denver, Portland, Golden State, Phoenix
Longest Homestand 7-game homestand between Nov 7 and Nov 21 – Washington, Philly, Orlando, Chicago, Utah, Memphis, Milwaukee
Second-Longest Homestand 6-game home-stand between Jan 8 and Jan 18: Charlotte, Boston, Detroit, Philly, Atlanta, New Orleans
Western Swing 1 3-game trip between Nov 30-Dec 3: Lakers, Kings, and Utah
Western Swing 2 Par of the 6-game roadtrip between Dec 22-Jan 4
Christmas Schedule 5-day break between trip to Chicago (Dec 22) and trip to Clippers (Dec 27) between
New Years Schedule Raps don’t play on NY Eve or NY Day – NY starts in GSW on Jan 2
All-Star Break Schedule 9-day break for the Raptors with nothing between the Washington game on Feb 11 and in Atlanta on Feb 20
Season Ending Schedule Season ends on April 15 at home vs Bobcats, preceded by a trip to Boston
Andrew Wiggins Return March 18 – long ways away
Vince Carter Return Nov 19
Chris Bosh Return Mar 13
Jose Calderon Return Dec 21
Andrea Bargnani Return Dec 21
Rudy Gay Return Jan 28
Kevin Durant in Toronto Nov 4
LeBron James in Toronto Dec 5
The Champs, San Antonio Spurs in Toronto Feb 8
Date Opponent Time
Wed, Oct 29 vsAtlanta 7:30 PM
Sat, Nov 1 @Orlando 7:00 PM
Sun, Nov 2 @Miami 6:00 PM
Tue, Nov 4 vsOklahoma City 7:30 PM
Wed, Nov 5 @Boston 7:30 PM
Fri, Nov 7 vsWashington 7:30 PM
Sun, Nov 9 vsPhiladelphia 7:00 PM
Tue, Nov 11 vsOrlando 7:30 PM
Thu, Nov 13 vsChicago 8:00 PM
Sat, Nov 15 vsUtah 7:30 PM
Wed, Nov 19 vsMemphis 7:30 PM
Fri, Nov 21 vsMilwaukee 7:30 PM
Sat, Nov 22 @Cleveland 7:30 PM
Mon, Nov 24 vsPhoenix 7:30 PM
Wed, Nov 26 @Atlanta 7:30 PM
Fri, Nov 28 vsDallas 7:30 PM
Sun, Nov 30 @Los Angeles 9:30 PM
Tue, Dec 2 @Sacramento 10:00 PM
Wed, Dec 3 @Utah 9:00 PM
Fri, Dec 5 vsCleveland 7:30 PM
Mon, Dec 8 vsDenver 7:30 PM
Tue, Dec 9 @Cleveland 7:00 PM
Fri, Dec 12 vsIndiana 7:30 PM
Sun, Dec 14 @NY Knicks 7:30 PM
Mon, Dec 15 vsOrlando 7:30 PM
Wed, Dec 17 vsBrooklyn 8:00 PM
Fri, Dec 19 @Detroit 7:30 PM
Sun, Dec 21 vsNY Knicks 3:30 PM
Mon, Dec 22 @Chicago 8:00 PM
Sat, Dec 27 @Los Angeles 3:30 PM
Sun, Dec 28 @Denver 9:00 PM
Tue, Dec 30 @Portland 10:00 PM
Fri, Jan 2 @Golden State 10:30 PM
Sun, Jan 4 @Phoenix 8:00 PM
Thu, Jan 8 vsCharlotte 7:30 PM
Sat, Jan 10 vsBoston 7:30 PM
Mon, Jan 12 vsDetroit 7:30 PM
Wed, Jan 14 vsPhiladelphia 7:30 PM
Fri, Jan 16 vsAtlanta 7:30 PM
Sun, Jan 18 vsNew Orleans 3:30 PM
Mon, Jan 19 @Milwaukee 8:00 PM
Wed, Jan 21 @Memphis 8:00 PM
Fri, Jan 23 @Philadelphia 7:00 PM
Sun, Jan 25 vsDetroit 7:00 PM
Tue, Jan 27 @Indiana 7:00 PM
Wed, Jan 28 vsSacramento 7:30 PM
Fri, Jan 30 @Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Sat, Jan 31 @Washington 7:00 PM
Mon, Feb 2 vsMilwaukee 7:30 PM
Wed, Feb 4 vsBrooklyn 7:30 PM
Fri, Feb 6 vsLos Angeles 7:30 PM
Sun, Feb 8 vsSan Antonio 7:00 PM
Wed, Feb 11 vsWashington 7:30 PM
Fri, Feb 20 @Atlanta 7:30 PM
Sat, Feb 21 @Houston 8:00 PM
Mon, Feb 23 @New Orleans 8:00 PM
Tue, Feb 24 @Dallas 8:30 PM
Fri, Feb 27 vsGolden State 7:30 PM
Sat, Feb 28 @NY Knicks 7:30 PM
Mon, Mar 2 @Philadelphia 7:00 PM
Wed, Mar 4 vsCleveland 7:30 PM
Fri, Mar 6 @Charlotte 7:00 PM
Sun, Mar 8 @Oklahoma City 7:00 PM
Tue, Mar 10 @San Antonio 8:30 PM
Fri, Mar 13 vsMiami 7:30 PM
Sun, Mar 15 vsPortland 7:00 PM
Mon, Mar 16 @Indiana 7:00 PM
Wed, Mar 18 vsMinnesota 7:30 PM
Fri, Mar 20 @Chicago 8:00 PM
Sun, Mar 22 vsNY Knicks 4:00 PM
Tue, Mar 24 @Detroit 7:30 PM
Wed, Mar 25 vsChicago 7:30 PM
Fri, Mar 27 vsLos Angeles 7:30 PM
Mon, Mar 30 vsHouston 7:30 PM
Wed, Apr 1 @Minnesota 8:00 PM
Fri, Apr 3 @Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Sat, Apr 4 vsBoston 7:30 PM
Wed, Apr 8 @Charlotte 7:00 PM
Fri, Apr 10 @Orlando 7:00 PM
Sat, Apr 11 @Miami 7:30 PM
Tue, Apr 14 @Boston 7:30 PM
Wed, Apr 15 vsCharlotte 8:00 PM